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Expedition in the Land of the Gaucho
Day 3 of this expedition...........
We continue to form a foundation for our further research as we visit even more interesting places in Buenos Aires. Come along with us.
We drove quite a distance to a very nice section outside Buenos Aires as you see here.
This is a beautiful area and a
park along the Rio de la Platte, but we did not come here for the scenic
beauty. Werner Baumbach was one of a handful of bomber pilots to
be decorated with the Knights Cross.
He was Commander of KG 200, the most super secret part of the Luftwaffe.
In Kampfgeschwader 200 were all the secret planes and all under control
of General SS Hans Kammler.
Along with Hans-Ulrich Rudel and ADOLF GALLAND (2854-1993),
Werner Baumbach made the Argentina Air Force one of the best in Latin America.
On a training mission in which he was training two Argentina pilots in an Avro
Lancaster, the big bomber went down in the river here. It is not clear if
Baumbach was at the controls or if one of the student pilots but the end result
is that the plane splashed down in the river and sank. Baumbach was unable
to get out and he drowned. We are told that the bomber is still there on
the bottom of the Rio de la Platte.
This old gate at the debarkation
port is more than just an interesting old gate - Doctor Josef Mengele
walked through this gate on his way to freedom in Buenos Aires as did
thousands of men of the Third Reich and their families after the war.
The most magnificent hotel in Buenos Aires, probably in all Argentina. This was the Plaza Hotel. No, I am sorry to say, we did not stay there............WAY too costly, however.....
.....someone very important did
stay here decades ago. He walked in this very door with the name
Plaza Hotel in polished brass above the door.
I introduced myself to the lady at
the reception deck, Señora Rodriguez, and told her that I was
researching the men of the Third Reich who came here after the war and I
was particularly interested in the Plaza because my research showed that
Martin Bormann lived here for two years after the end of the war.
"Yes, he lived in Room 470." she told me.
My reaction was "HUH?" Then I said that my research indicated that Bormann lived in the Plaza for two years with two young senoritas right after the war.
She said that Bormann did live in Room 470, the Presidential Suite for a couple years, but she said she knew nothing of the two senoritas.
Next time I am in Buenos Aires, I hope my budget allows me to stay in Room 470, the Presidential Suite..........at least one night.
It was time for lunch so we went 21 stories in the sky over Buenos Aires to the very nice Deutsche Klub. Looking out the windows in one direction, we overlook the city sprawling beneath our feet. looking in another direction, there is the Rio de la Platte about ½ a mile away. The food was exquisite as one might expect in an establishment like this - but I asked the waitress why I was the only one in the restaurant who spoke German. She just smiled and shrugged.
All around the restaurant, the lounge, the hallways etc. we
find such "Wappen" (Coats of Arms) everywhere. The food was great,
the ambiance splendid and the view breathtaking.
The last stop of the day was one of the main train stations that had some unusual decor all around the station.
Are these stylized Swastikas or merely modern art?
Whatever they are, there are thousands all around the railway station, the
waiting rooms, the restaurants etc.
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